The Genius Belt the Story of the Arts in Bucks County, Pennsylvania
- List Price: $56.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
- Publish date: 02/01/1997
A lavishly illustrated history of the lively arts community of famous Bucks County.
Bucks County, Pennsylvania -- the name conjures up images of colonial villages, pastoral vistas, and famous artists. Walking down the streets of Doylestown or New Hope in the 1930s or 40s, you might have glimpsed humorist Dorothy Parker at a lunch counter or satirist S. J. Perelman at the hardware store, not to mention Pulitzer-Prize-winning writers like Oscar, Hammerstein, James A. Michener, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, or Pearl S. Buck. Thanks to cheap real estate, proximity to New York City, and the lure of country living, Bucks County became such a well-known haven for creativity that the New York media began to call it "the genius belt".
This book tells the story of Bucks County's rich artistic tradition: from the nineteenthcentury's best-known primitive painter, Edward Hicks, to the turn-of-the-century birth of a major art colony along the Delaware River, to the influx of literary and theatrical figures during the Depression. A colorful introduction by James Michener begins with the renowned author's boyhood in Doylestown and recalls his delightful memories of the county's "golden years".